John Woods book celebrated plant biologist for Chelsea garden

Developer of the award-winning Cornus 'Venus' Professor Elwin Orton will be on the John Woods Upwardly Mobile Sun Garden to greet visitors on the opening day of Chelsea Flower Show (25 May).

As researcher and professor at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, Professor Orton has spent 40 years breeding hardy pest and disease resistant holly plants and dogwood trees.

John Woods managing director John Lord said: We’re delighted that Dr Orton will be spending time at our display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Cornus ‘Venus’ features prominently in Upwardly Mobile and visitors to our stand will be able to learn more about this spectacular plant from the world expert in this field.

Orton’s research involves conventional intra- and inter-specific hybridisation of different species of Ilex (both deciduous and evergreen hollies) as well as three species of large-bracted dogwood (Cornus florida, C. kousa and C. nuttallii).

Upwardly Mobile — Developed for Generation Gardens, a special feature at the show sponsored by The Sun and comprising six front garden designs — will showcase plants from the company’s Endless Summer and First Editions ranges.

Each of the 5m x 5m plots are backed by a house front to offer inspiration to the gardening public.

Parts of the exhibit will relocate to the National Gardening Centre at Capel Manor College at the end of the show.

The theme of the Upwardly Mobile Sun garden is to demonstrate how easy it is to create a garden and take components of it, such as planted containers, with you when you move home.

The idea for the project arose from discussions between John Lord and The Sun’s gardening correspondent Peter Seabrook, who is working closely with the company on the project.

Suffolk based landscape design firm DEAKINLOCK is also involved.


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